Tired of Braces? Here Are 3 Alternative Brace Options for Teens!

Are you tired of living with crooked teeth but are nervous about having a mouthful of metal?

There are several reasons why a person might need to consider orthodontics, aside from cosmetics. Overcrowding or gaps between teeth can cause gum irritation, problems chewing, and other issues as you age.

It wasn’t long ago that traditional braces were the only option for someone looking to fix crowding, gaping, over or underbites, or just simply looking to have a straighter smile. These days we have several alternative brace options for those young and old.

So if you think it’s time to get fitted for orthodontics, keep reading to learn all about your options.

1. Invisalign

Your teenage years are hard enough without having to fend off bullies and rude comments about your braces. In a perfect world, you would never be ridiculed for trying to do something to improve yourself.

Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and some people are just rude.

If these concerns are preventing you from getting braces, you might want to consider Invisalign.

Technology has come along way for braces. Invisalign is essentially a series of clear trays that were 3-D printed for your specific needs.

You will wear a new tray every two weeks or so, gradually straightening your teeth a little bit more each time.

Invisalign is often the first choice because they are clear, comfortable, and easy to clean.

2. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are another option. They use clear brackets rather than metallic ones, so they are less noticeable than traditional braces.

Ceramic braces do tend to correct teeth faster than Invisalign and are still an option for those with severe misalignment or malocclusion.

On the downside, ceramic brackets are larger than traditional metal brackets, so proper cleaning can be a problem, resulting in gum sensitivity.

3. Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are very similar to traditional braces, however, they are mounted on the inside of your teeth so that no one can see them. These are a great option if you’re not a good candidate for Invisalign or ceramic braces.

Here are two things to consider before getting lingual braces:

Lingual braces may cost more than traditional braces because attaching them to the inside of your teeth is a delicate process and will take longer.

Second, you will likely speak with a lisp. As you speak, your tongue will hit the brackets on the backside of your teeth, so your speech may be impaired a bit.

Loved These Alternative Brace Options?

It’s unfortunate that anyone would be ridiculed for their braces. Especially when they’re so common! But that’s why the dental industry has worked so hard to develop alternative brace options.

And like all things, braces, no matter what kind you get, will have ups and downs. It’s up to you to choose the best fit for your smile.

So if you’re ready to improve your smile, contact us today for a consultation. We’re committed to making the world brighter one smile at a time.